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Quality of Texas teachers dropping with low pay


The quality of Texas’ teachers is dropping largely because of low pay in a competitive market, an expert economist testified Tuesday in the public school finance trial, the Associated Press reports. Duke University professor Jacob Vigdor said teacher salaries were 30 percent lower in Texas than for other college graduates and have fallen behind salaries paid in other Sun Belt states. He added 32 other states pay higher salaries, whereas Texas’ have not kept up with inflation since 2000. Vigdor was called to testify by attorneys for wealthy schools that are among the 600 districts to sue the state over $5.4 billion in cuts to school funding. The average Texas teacher salary is $47,311, well below the national average of $54,965. The pay is also historically low, noting that 50 years ago a teacher earned 50 percent more than a registered nurse in Texas, but now nurses earn 50 percent more than teachers…

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